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OBAMACARE IN CRISIS AS 2013 APPROACHES

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Two weeks ago, I tallied up the score in the state rebellion against ObamaCare.  About half of the states have either forthrightly refused to set up their ObamaCare insurance exchanges, or opted for a state/federal “partnership” arrangement.  Most of the 16 outright refusals have come from Republican governors, who generally cite three reasons for insisting that the federal government run its own ObamaCare exchanges in their states:

1. The governors don’t want to get saddled with the expense of setting up and running those exchanges.

2. The states feel that they would be very junior partners in the ObamaCare enterprise, without much in the way of local control, so the whole concept of a “state-run” exchange is really just a fig leaf of federalism for a monstrous central bureaucracy.

3. Perhaps the most damning indictment offered by the recalcitrant governors is that ObamaCare’s regulations are still largely unwritten.  The governors felt they were being asked to sign a contract that still contained a shocking number of blank pages and penciled-in notes.

An article in The Hill on Sunday shed more light on point number 3.  ”The Obama administration faces major logistical and financial challenges in creating health insurance exchanges for states that have declined to set up their own systems,” noted author Elise Viebeck, who went on to say it was “a situation no one anticipated when the Affordable Care Act was written,” because “the law assumed states would create and operate their own exchanges, and set aside billions in grants for that purpose.”

What?  ”A situation no one anticipated?”  How could that be true?  The governors resisting President Obama’s health-care takeover are not seceding from the Union.  ”Rebellious” is a description of their attitude, not their legal status.  They’re not breaking, or even challenging, any laws; they’re exercising a provision written into ObamaCare, and it’s one of the relatively few sections of that disastrous law that actually was written in ink, at the time of passage.  State governors were always given the option of asking the federal government to run the exchanges in their states.

 

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  1. Jack Daniels

    November 28th, 2012

    Meanwhile, THIS is what a world leader looks like!

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2012/11/pm-harper-heir-apparent-to-the-free-world-stands-up-for-freedom-canadian-personally-intervened-to-st.html

    Tell me again, what it is exactly ‘we the people’ are doing to prevent the US spiraling to its destruction?

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  2. Stranded in Sonoma

    November 28th, 2012

    If I lose my healthcare, I will not pay the tax. Barack Fucking Obama can eat shit and die.

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  3. Wyatt, Insensitive Progressive Jerk

    November 28th, 2012

    How can this be? Congress rammed through a poorly crafted health care bill that most Congress critters never eve read, much less understood, with the assurance that no one need worry – it will be just fine. And now you are reporting that there are glitches?

    Hunker down – it seems like it’s gonna be a long four years.

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  4. Jack Daniels

    November 28th, 2012

    Stranded,

    You WILL lose your healthcare, and if you do not pay your taxes, you’d better be ready to go the distance in your fight.

    As for your wishful thinking, that alone, be it as it may, may be nice, but it will NOT alter the one’s course to destroy the US.

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  5. J Frank Parnell

    November 28th, 2012

    Let’s see, either the States enact a giant bureaucracy at their own expense, or the system collapses into nationalized healthcare.

    Didn’t see that one coming.

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  6. Dr Tar

    November 28th, 2012

    This is just the beginning of the chaos. Just wait till you actually need health care, it will get so frustrating most people will doctor themselves at home, travel abroad or give up and surrender to the death panels or kill themselves voluntarily rather than suffer in a government run hospital.

    Every time I read about these exchanges I can see a small snowball starting to roll down the side of a mountain. That snowball is going to roll faster and pick up more shit on it way towards you. Your chances of surviving the on rushing avalanche of bureaucratic health care depends on how healthy you are and how long you can stay that way without benefit of modern medicine. The only questions are how long can you stay out ahead of the on rushing disaster and when it does finally catch you will it kill you out right or just maim you and slowly kill you over time?

    Tell you what, I noticed a bit of a bulge in the right front pelvis this summer. I know it’s the start of a hernia and I’ve scheduled to get it treated on December 11th. If you’ve been holding off surgery of any kind I suggest getting it done ASAP before Obamacare regulates and starves our health care system into oblivion.

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  7. Rick

    November 28th, 2012

    Load up and “Hunker down – it seems like it’s gonna be a long four years.”

    Fixed it for you Wyatt

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